History Cruzer car show turns 25

It’s been 25 years of the Friday Night History Cruzer car show in North St. Paul, bringing classic cars in droves to East Seventh Avenue all summer. (file photo)

It’s been a quarter century of turning back the clock on East Seventh Avenue in North St. Paul. 

The Friday Night History Cruzer car show is in its 25th summer, turning main street into an old-school auto showroom with classics from nearly every era of automobile. 

Shows are every Friday from 6 to 10 p.m., running through Sept. 19.

It’s a Friday night tradition that offers fun sights of cool cars for residents, while bringing in visitors who check out local businesses, said North St. Paul Mayor Terry Furlong.

“It just bring community together,” he said, adding the event does well as a showcase for the city. “I’m happy it lasted 25 years.”

The volunteer-led event started in 1996 with about 25 cars. Now, visitors can expect some 1,500 cars cruising down Seventh each week, and the event is still staffed by some 50 volunteers.

Car show coordinator Paul Houliston acknowledged that the festivities do require a lot of work, but that volunteers have a fun time ensuring everyone enjoys a pleasurable and safe show. 

“It’s been a remarkable run,” said Houliston. 


—Solomon Gustavo

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